"Mike & Molly" Joins the Monday Night Comedy Lineup on CBS

Melissa McCarthy, left, and Billy Gardell, right, and Reno Wilson are shown in a scene from "Mike & Molly." CBS/Richard Cartwright

Melissa McCarthy, left, and Billy Gardell, right, and Reno Wilson are shown in a scene from "Mike & Molly."
CBS/Richard Cartwright

(CBS) "Mike & Molly," a comedy about a romance between a cop and a fourth-grade teacher who meet at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting, debuted Monday night on CBS.

The sitcom stars Melissa McCarthy and Bill Gardell in the title roles with a supporting cast that includes Swoosie Kurtz as Molly's mom, Katy Mixon as her sister, Reno Wilson as Mike's partner and Nyambi Nyambi as the waiter at their favorite hangout.

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"Mike & Molly" was created by Chuck Lorre, the talent behind "Two and a Half Men," which precedes it in the CBS Monday night lineup, and "The Big Bang Theory," which is moving this season from Monday to Wednesday.

Critics have had mixed reactions. Almost all agree that there are too many fat jokes, some of which are mean-spirited. They diverge on whether the romance between the two is heart-warming or just predicable.

Several critics have pointed out that "The Big Bang Theory" got better over time as the writer's gave the characters more depth. They say they hope that willhappen here, too.

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